MotoGP Austin: Honda men forced to push past braking limit

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Honda MotoGP men Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow believe the RC213V’s best piece of ammunition is under braking but they are being forced to use it too much just to live with the Yamahas and it is causing crashes.

Marquez - along with team-mate Dani Pedrosa - both crashed at the same corner in Argentina, losing the front at turn two and Crutchlow says that because braking is the bike’s strongest area, it is being pushed past its limit too often in order to make up time.

“We take the risk in the point where we don’t have any controls, that is the brake point. So for that reason maybe, Honda riders have crashed many times at this part of the season. But okay, also last year was like this,” said Marquez, speaking at Austin.

“In Argentina I tried to take some risks, because I felt really good, able to win the race. But what I saw is that we are not ready.

Crutchlow added: “The reason for the crashes is we are taking advantage of our best ammunition, which is our braking. But we take it past the limit. We know over the years the Honda has been so strong in the braking zone. This is our biggest ammunition so we take more and more every time. We are just greedy.

“So we’ll try and adapt, along with our team and mechanics, and hopefully in the coming races it will be a bit easier once we get a better base setting.”

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